David Conrad Giveaway

UPDATE: Random.org chose comment #30. The winner has been notified via email.



The thing with writing about David Conrad for almost six years (woah) is that you get a reputation.

“That pigeon-kicker who loves David Conrad.”

There are worse reputations to be had. “That Steely McBeam” comes to mind.

I’ve been picking on Steely McBeam a lot lately, haven’t I? Let’s check in with Steely to see how he feels about that.


Or is that his angry face?

Anyway, because I worship the steel bridge David Conrad walks on, I have been provided by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with two tickets to give away to my readers to attend his upcoming show!

As his self-united wife, I respectfully request that you do not bring extra panties or bras to throw at him. IT’S THE SYMPHONY, PEOPLE. Have some class, n’at.

The details!

What: “Twisted Storybook Favorites” featuring Alice in Wonderland-themed Final Alice, and Peter and the Wolf. Final Alice focuses on the end of the story, and Peter and the Wolf is rewritten to have a Pittsburgh spin and will be narrated by David Conrad. The Alice portion of the show is for mature audiences, so don’t bring your kid as your date unless your kid is thirty.  There’s lots of other stuff happening including a concert prelude, a pre-concert artist chat, Final Alice artwork display and silent auction, and more!

When: These tickets are for the Friday, May 6 showing at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh.

Value: The current price for two best available seats for this showing is $143. So let’s go with that. $143.

For more info: Click here to watch an awesome little intro video and then click through to learn more about the performance and all the other fun stuff going on that night in relation to it.

How to enter: Leave a comment and tell me about how awesome David Conrad is. I KID!

Seriously though, when I was younger Alice in Wonderland scared me. I don’t know what it was but something about the cats and the hole and the queen and before you know it, I’ve got the bogglejiggities. As you can see, I still haven’t nailed down a definition for my new word. So tell me in the comments what was the show or movie that irrationally scared you when you were little. Was it Alice in Wonderland? Was it Flash Gordon? MacGyver? Barney?

If I’m being honest, the one that MOST scared me when I was little was … ready? The Ten Commandments.

I never admitted this to my father or sisters, but that movie would mess me up for weeks. Frogs and locusts and giant beards and snakes and THE ANGEL OF DEATH KILLING ALL THE FIRSTBORN? That’s some PG-13 rated stuff and I remember being little and going to bed all, “Thank God I’m not the firstborn. Sucks to be Ta-Ta.”

Tell me yours. One comment per valid email address. You have until Friday at 5:00 p.m. to comment at which time Random.org will select the winning comment number. If your comment goes to spam, freak out. No. Don’t freak out. Just sit tight because I’ll occasionally go in and pull them out.

Good luck!

Fine print that’s the same size as all the other print: I have not been provided with anything in exchange for this post other than the two tickets that are being given away.



  1. Jen
    April 14, 2011 4:46 pm

    I was scared to death in ET when the guys in white suits came to get him, it still makes me tear up (frighten and sad at the same time) when I think about it…

  2. Jen
    April 14, 2011 4:52 pm

    @Beatrice – Do remember the end of Dot the Kangaroo? It’s one the SADDEST. MOVIES. EVER. I still yell at my mother for making me watch it when I was little (she put my high chair in front of the TV and when she came back I was sobbing!).

  3. Linda
    April 14, 2011 5:01 pm

    The Twilight Zone; just hearing Rod Sterling’s voice freaked me out.

  4. J
    April 14, 2011 5:39 pm

    ET. Like Jen’s comment a few above mine, it was something about the guys in the white suits. Still can’t watch it to this day.

  5. Amy
    April 14, 2011 6:13 pm

    Not sure if this counts as either a show or a movie, but I was really quite terrified of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. Imagined smartly choreographed zombies coming to eat me.

  6. Andrea
    April 14, 2011 6:19 pm

    A really bad movie called “The Guardian”. Something about people being trapped in trees? Scared the tuna salad outta me.

  7. SusanV
    April 14, 2011 6:48 pm

    I don’t think its irrational necessarily, but the only show that genuinely scared the bajeepers out of me when I was younger was Gremlins.

    It still freaks my freak out, in fact.

  8. Liz
    April 14, 2011 7:40 pm

    The Omen, Poltergeist, and the Amityville Horror. Yowza.

  9. Burghbird
    April 14, 2011 8:16 pm

    And just because, I IMDB’d the Car movie I was talking about. Turns out, James Brolin was the star. This does not mean I will watch it again just to see him in it. I finally got that damn flame claw burned out of my memory. And just because I said that, I will inevitably have a dream about it tonight.

  10. Lindsay
    April 14, 2011 8:43 pm

    OMG this looks AMAZING! Actually…there was a McGyver episode where he was attacked by fireants or something that scared the bejeezus out of me when I was little…I had nightmares. And…the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie, when Shredder was crushed in the garbage truck… NIGHTMARES

  11. Michelle
    April 14, 2011 9:07 pm

    It kills me to say that I can’t go, but I will be holed up in my dorm room studying my eyeballs out on May 6th… One week, one week is all that separates me from Pittsburgh, the Symphony, and our beloved David. *cry* And here lies the one reason why going to school in Pittsburgh would have been better than going to school in D.C.!

    Y’all better tell the rest of us poor unfortunate souls how awesome it was, n’at. :)

  12. Pa-Pop
    April 14, 2011 9:11 pm

    Sound of Music when Christopher Plummer sang Adelgeist while Julie Andrews’ head spun around.

  13. ajm
    April 14, 2011 9:26 pm

    @jdp #97 It was The Point, by Harry Nillson. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Point!

  14. Dash66
    April 14, 2011 9:51 pm

    The only movie that freaked me out was Tom Sawyer. When Tom got a beating from his Mom, it just freaked me out! It was the only movie that I had to leave the theater for.

  15. Amber
    April 14, 2011 10:00 pm

    Those hissing slee
    staks on Land of the Lost scared the crap out of me.

  16. Akirah
    April 14, 2011 10:20 pm

    I was scared of the Thriller video by Michael Jackson. Hated it!

  17. Kristy
    April 14, 2011 10:38 pm

    In fact, I still haven’t watched it. And I really don’t know that I want to go see “Paul” because of the Reese’s Pieces joke. I know…how harmless can he be when he can blend in with stuffed animals? But if he can make a young Drew Barrymore scream (and Lord knows, that girl had seen and done a LOT by that time), how can I trust him?

  18. Burghbird
    April 14, 2011 11:51 pm

    Pa-Pop, please provide a warning the next time you post so I can place a protective cover on the laptop.

  19. Christina
    April 15, 2011 5:06 am

    Lisa J: EXACTLY … that’s me!!! I would not even make it to the flying monkeys because already that tornado in the beginning of the movie was too scary for me.

    But it feels good not be alone with that Wizard of Oz trauma ;)

  20. Josh
    April 15, 2011 7:02 am

    The movie Chuckie freaked me out as a kid.

  21. Lisa J
    April 15, 2011 7:13 am

    The Wizard of Oz scared the crap out of me. Not due to flying monkeys, wicked witches, or giant green faces on a wall. Nope. Since the first time I saw that movie, I’ve been terrified of tornadoes. I’ve had nightmares that I’m being chased by dozens of tornadoes.

  22. Butcher's Dog
    April 15, 2011 8:17 am

    @Lisa J: so does that kid in Westmoreland County now.

  23. Rusty
    April 15, 2011 9:43 am

    My brother would tease and chase me around the house because I was afraid of the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz.

  24. Cmitch
    April 15, 2011 9:53 am

    I don’t know what they were called, but there were these henchmen that had wheels for hands and feet in the movie “Return to Oz”. I remember not liking them very much at all.

  25. Holy Crap!
    April 15, 2011 10:54 am

    I’m really dating myself, but doesn’t anyone else remember a daytime soap called “The Edge of Night”? Early 70s, I think… I’m not sure, I just know I was a kid when I stumbled across it.

    Anyway, I saw an episode, and there was a floating hand going across the room to choke someone. It scared the crap out of me. I had nightmares for YEARS.

  26. Joel
    April 15, 2011 12:00 pm

    Hocus Pocus.

    I remember having a nightmare that I was hanging with the Muppet Babies (yea the cartoon…it started off as a totally awesome dream) and then Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker came flying out of no where and we all ran.

    Then we did that funny all run into the dark closet thing and all you can see are our eyes. And then Bette Midler flings open the door and hovers above us on her broomstick…

    and that was about all I remember.

  27. Lindsey
    April 15, 2011 1:14 pm

    The Land Before Time. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Think about it though. Who on earth decided that a movie directed at kids where a little dino’s mother dies and he continues searching for her without knowing… was a good idea… is an idiot. I had to be picked up from school by my mother in elementary school in the middle of the movie because I was so traumatized I couldn’t stop sobbing.

  28. Natalie
    April 15, 2011 1:55 pm

    Night on Bald Mountain from Disney’s Fantasia. Scary music accompanied by scary cartoon renderings of the devil summoning forth devils. Not even the Ave Maria tacked on to the end could save it for me.

  29. Emily
    April 15, 2011 4:35 pm

    The animated movie Taro the Dragon Boy. I swear there was something about his mother giving him her eyes to suck on because she didn’t have anything else to feed her baby. It might have been somehow metaphorical or magical, but when I was four or five it was just creepy. Dark Crystal would be a close second.

  30. Burghthing
    April 15, 2011 4:58 pm

    Wizard of Oz, hands down. I mean, flying monkeys? Whats up with that?

  31. jdp
    April 16, 2011 12:15 pm


    ajm Says:
    April 14th, 2011 at 9:26 pm
    @jdp #97 It was The Point, by Harry Nillson. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Point!

    WOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Thank you!

  32. Burghbird
    April 16, 2011 1:25 pm

    Heads up to all of you who said the Flying Monkeys and any other part of the Wizard of Oz. You’ll want to avoid TBS from 8 to 10 Sunday night.

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  34. Pamela
    April 26, 2011 8:26 pm

    Jack Nicholson in “The Shining” scared the heck out of me. Grumpy looking men wielding axes still make me want to run for my life.